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Rel 261/Gregory “They aren’t interested in the why of what we’re doing, only in the what of what we’re doing, and because they don’t understand the why they cannot really understand the what.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.) “The Puritan wanted to work in a calling; we are forced to do so….for the Puritan, care for external goods should only lie on the shoulders of the saint like a light cloak, which can be thrown aside at any moment. But fate decreed that the cloak should become an iron cage” (Max Weber) “An internal tension between the material side of our lives and what in an earlier time was called the human spirit” (Robert Wuthnow) “Most people are in a coma when they are at rest and mad when they act.” (Epicurus) “The kinds of questions children ask: Is there a God? Is there freedom? Is there punishment for evil deeds? Is their certain knowledge?
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Unformatted text preview: What is a good society? were once also the questions addressed by the university. But now the grownups are too busy at work, and the children are left in a day-care center called the humanities, in which the discussions have no echo in the adult world. (Alan Bloom) Your truth does not belong to me nor to anyone else, but to us all whom you call to share it as a public possession. With terrifying words you warn against regarding it as a private possession or we may lose it (Matt. 25: 14-30). Anyone who claims for his own property what you offer for all to enjoy, and wishes to have exclusive rights to what belongs to everyone, is driven from the common truth to his own private ideas, that is from truth to a lie. For he who speaks a lie speaks from his own. (John 8:44). (Saint Augustine, Confessions 12.xxv (34).)...
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2011 for the course REL 261 taught by Professor Erics.gregory during the Fall '09 term at Princeton.

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